JONAS Gutierrez was moved to tears by the backing he got from Newcastle United fans in his battle against cancer.
Gutierrez is set to return to Tyneside later this month.
The winger has been given the all-clear after treatment for testicular cancer in his native Argentina.
Gutierrez was inundated with messages of support from around the world when he revealed earlier this season that he was undergoing a course of chemotherapy.
And the 31-year-old has watched Newcastle’s games on TV this season, and he was touched by the vocal support from fans.
Now he is looking forward to resuming his football career, and Argentine countryman and United captain Fabricio Coloccini says the club’s players can’t wait to welcome him back into the fold at St James’s Park.
“He’s coming soon,” Coloccini told the Gazette. “He’s finished his treatment, and we’re waiting for him.
“Everyone wants to see him playing again and training with us.
“He always told me he was very happy because he heard the song on TV.
“During the first two or three games, he was crying. It was very good for him.”
Gutierrez – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Norwich City – is out of contract at United next summer.
He joined the club in the summer 2008 from Real Mallorca.
Meanwhile, Coloccini - who hopes to be fit for Saturday’s game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium - put last weekend’s victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea down to playing as a “team”.
Two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse gave Newcastle a 2-1 win at St James’s Park.
The result lifted the club up to seventh in the league.
“I’m very happy for the fans,” said defender Coloccini. “We got a really nice result.
“We defended well, and we played like a team.
“In the first 20 minutes, they try to score. We could stop them. That was very important for us. We had to finish the first half with a clean sheet.
“In the second half we tried to go forward and create chances. We scored, which was very good for us.”